Close friend of person of interest in mother's disappearance talks

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - A close friend of a man police are calling a person of interest in the disappearance of a Richmond mother is speaking out.

Police want to talk to Michael Solomon about his girlfriend, Tameka Claiborne, who police believe is in danger. Solomon's best friend says Solomon wouldn't hurt a fly.

Darren Fenceroy is the boyfriend of Michael Solomon's sister and his closest friend. He and other friends say Solomon is a good person. Fenceroy says he has a problem with police calling Solomon a person of interest when they don't know what happened to either Solomon or Claiborne.

Fenceroy shared with NBC12 pictures of Solomon during happier times. He says Solomon and Claiborne talked about getting married. Fenceroy says he last spoke with Solomon this past Sunday.

"It looked like he wanted to ask for money, for help you know what I'm saying, but he just couldn't come out with it," said Fenceroy.

He's since tried Solomon's and Claiborne's cell phones, but only got voicemail.

"They don't know if two people are harmed here. They just saying a person of interest. You don't know if he's dead, or alive. You don't know if she's dead, or alive. What if they're dead together," said Fenceroy.

But police believe Claiborne is the one in danger. Detectives reportedly collected samples of red stains and personal belongings from her south Richmond apartment including her purse.

Claiborne disappeared Tuesday. The same day her three year old son was found wandering in Chesterfield. His car was spotted Wednesday in Hopewell. Fenceroy has this message for Solomon.

"I love you. Your family loves you. Your sister has been crying every night in the house. We just want to know if you're alright," said Fenceroy.

Solomon drives a gold 2006 Chevrolet Malibu with Virginia tags XTU-2530.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tameka Claiborne or Michael Solomon call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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